Halloween in many ways kicks off the holiday season. It is a time for fancy dress, a time of ghost stories and pumpkins, a time to party. You probably have your costume all sorted, but what about the wine for your spooky Halloween gathering? In keeping with the spirit of this spooky holiday let’s see what fun, bloodthirsty wines we can find.
Spooky Wines for Halloween
- First up is The Velvet Devil, a Merlot wine from Washington State, produced by the gregarious, whacky and ever inventive Charles Smith. Nicely priced too at $12.
- Next we have Vampire Vineyards, who are based in California’s Paso Robles with a whole array of ghoulish wines. (According to the website there are rumors that the winery is actually owned by vampires! Fancy that!) The selection includes wines for every budget. The basic Vampire Cabernet, Merlot and Pinot Noir wines are priced at $13. For the same price you can also opt for ‘Fangria’ a spooky Spanish Sangria style wine. If you want to spend a bit more you can try the Dracula series, which offers a Pinot, Syrah and Merlot (selling from $28 - $35) or the Château du Vampire at $35.
- Another crazy looking scary wine is Poizin "the wine to die for" — a fairly high end Zinfandel from the Armida Winery in Dry Creek Valley. It is not exactly cheap at $25, but good zins never are. They also offer a reserve bottling which comes complete with its own wooden coffin for $80, if you feel so inclined.
- Phantom by Bogle Vineyards is another one to try, a rich and deeply colored blend of Zinfandel and Petit Sirah with a touch of Mourvèdre. Very well priced for a party at about $15.
- Next up is the River of Skulls for Twisted Oak Winery in California’s Sierra Foothills. Made entirely from Mourvèdre, the wine takes its name from a legendary find of skulls along the riverbank, which runs through the property. The current release is 2010 and sells for $40.
- If you are down Kentucky way you might look out for either Bone Dry Red Cabernet Sauvignon, with a very eerie skull on the label ($20) or the Ghostly White Chardonnay ($15) from Elk Creek Vineyards. I have not come across them yet around the New York metropolis.
I am sure that readers have come across lots of other 'spooky' wine brands prominently merchandized during the run up to today. I would love to hear from you on some of your favorite or scariest Halloween wines.
(Image credits: compilation by Cambria Bold)